Site Issues

John wanted me to remind everyone that if you are seeing an old version of Balloon Juice, hit shift-reload, in other words, hold down the shift key and click the icon that’s a 3/4 circle with an arrow in the 10 o’clock position. The location of that icon is somewhere in the URL bar, depending on the browser you’re using.

I’m not in charge of the site rebuild but I’m helping out. We haven’t really started yet – the goal is to get the design done, migrate to a new, faster server, and once we’re on the new server, iron out the configuration issues.

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    dmsilev says:

    Is there a fix, or a work-around, or whatever to the site not seeming to remember the name/email details on the comment fields? It’s hardly the end of the world, but it is annoying to keep getting the ‘fill in your name, you dumbass’ error page.

    Clearing the B-J cookies didn’t seem to make much difference.

    (Safari 6.x on a Mac)

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    Baud says:

    I’m not in charge of the site rebuild :-(

    but I’m helping out. :-)

    We haven’t really started yet :-(

    migrate to a new, faster server :-)

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    tom says:

    Of course, if people are seeing an older version of the site, they won’t see this post.

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    @dmsilev: Same question here; Firefox 18.0.2 on a Windows 7.

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    General Stuck says:

    A troll ejection button would be nice

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    Baud says:

    @General Stuck:

    How would you prevent the trolls from using the button?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Don’t tell them about it.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @tom: I can’t remember if its tachyon fields or tetryon particles, but there has to be a way to reach those people. The word press cloaking device is not impenetrable.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    Thank you (all). I hope the transition goes smoothly.


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    PsiFighter37 says:

    OT, but reading about KY-Sen, it sounds like the people who are most likely to torpedo Ashley Judd are Kentucky Democrats who are scared of being seen as too liberal or associating with a ‘carpetbagger’.

    Seriously, WTF is wrong with these people? They have proven they can win state-level races, but they’ve sucked ass at the federal level for a long time. Maybe they should take a punt and be willing to stand behind a native daughter who’s done good. It honestly seems like they hate the prospect of a Judd candidacy more than the prospect of making McConnell spend millions and possibly lose. The polls have been pretty clear that no one likes Senator Turtle…and it’s not Judd’s fault that the rest of the KY-Dem establishment is pretty chickenshit when it comes to deferring on the Senate race over the governorship in 2015.

    And people wonder why southern/Appalachian Democrats are eventually going to fade away – they’re more interested in protecting their shrinking fiefdoms than in expanding the playing field. Goddamn cowards.

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    General Stuck says:


    How would you prevent the trolls from using the button?

    I wouldn’t mind getting ejected from this asylum by trolls using the button. same difference.

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    Baud says:

    @General Stuck:

    LOL. You can leave, you know. But we’d miss you.

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    ed says:

    “Chappelle predicted the Future”

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    General Stuck says:


    Though always conservative socially, Kentucky used to be a working class labor dem state to a significant degree, but has gone to the dark side in recent decades. Too much religion and southern butthurt, are likely to blame. Along with the cheap thrill from waking dreams of being hounded by government agents morning noon and night.

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    mistermix says:

    @dmsilev: WordPress is supposed to set a cookie once you’ve commented and remember it. I don’t know why it isn’t.

    To be honest, the current configuration is a bit of a mess and I don’t want to spend time fixing it when we’re migrating in a couple of weeks. But if the new config continues to cause this issue, I will get to the bottom of it. It makes more work for front pagers, too, because every “new” comment has to be moderated once so WordPress accepts it the next time.

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    I did the shift/reload deal and it looks the same as it always has. Except for the last few days my username/email does not persist in the Reply area (as mentioned above).

    What ARE the changes in the new site? Maybe I’m expecting it to be more different.

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    MikeJ says:

    BTW, the updated reply with quote code I sent does have one minor issue. I tried it with a few different themes. Some it worked just fine out of the box, some the reply button came up in a weird place, some it didn’t show up at all. If any of those happen, find

    .yarr a { cursor:pointer; float:right;}
    .yarr img { vertical-align:-2px }

    in the plugin and add your own styling rules.

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    Maude says:

    This is going to cause major, long term whining. I love it.
    I just want the old template back.

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    minutemaid says:

    More lipstick on the BJ pig. Change the layout a bit. Change some colors, maybe a different logo. Same WordPress that Cole still can’t figure out.

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    MikeJ says:

    @cleek: I didn’t know it was b0rked. Working fine for me.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    What’s supposed to be different? Everything looks the same as it ever was to me.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    @Ultraviolet Thunder:
    Same here.

    What’s different, other than having to put by moniker in every time?

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    MikeJ says:


    What’s supposed to be different? Everything looks the same as it ever was to me.

    I believe he said that they haven’t even started yet.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @MikeJ: so the tip at the beginning is for people who will look at a new version later?

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    MikeJ says:

    Arsenal 0 – 1 Blackburn!

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    Three-nineteen says:

    @cleek: Thank you so much!

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    MikeJ says:

    @FlipYrWhig: The tip at the beginning is for people who are getting old posts. Although they won’t see it until later if they are.

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    Mike E says:

    @cleek: Does this work for android? And can it adjudicate while using Justice Bork’s hammer?

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    BGinCHI says:

    Can someone tell me why the fields under “Leave a Reply” won’t repopulate anymore as of a week or so ago?

    My name and email address used to stay there but now I have to retype them (actually my browser puts them in once I type the first letter) and it’s annoying if you want to send more than a few replies.

    What can I do?

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    dance around in your bones says:


    This is happening for practically everybody and apparently there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

    I have tried clearing cache, cookies, temp files and sometimes my nym/email will show up for a bit but then it disappears again into the Twilight Zone.

    Hopefully the site rebuild will fix it but…..we all know how that goes. Let’s all get ready to bitch and moan!

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    Mark S. says:


    What’s supposed to be different? Everything looks the same as it ever was to me.

    Ah, but now the site has a demon.

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    Mark S. says:

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the site, but my new laptop sometimes loses wireless like every 5 or 10 minutes. Is it possible it’s on some stupid setting or something? It’s Windows 8, and I’m not used to playing around with it yet.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Mark S.: That was hysterical.

    Now I want a demon.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @dance around in your bones: OK, thanks.

    I’m glad to know it’s not just me.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    So will the rebuild finally include a duplicate post detector that actually works?

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    MikeJ says:

    @Mike E: Greasemonkey doesn’t work on firefox mobile. I haven’t tried tampermonkey on chrome mobile.

    There is a chrome native version that doesn’t require tampermonkey, but I haven’t updated it since cleek started supporting tampermonkey (and because my main reason for making it was to add a ui for adding names and cleek did that better than mine did). No idea if it will work on mobile chrome, but I may try it later today.

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    Hypatia's Momma says:

    the icon that’s a 3/4 circle with an arrow in the 10 o’clock position

    Not in any browser I’ve used. They all have the arrow starting at ~4:00 and terminating at ~2:00.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Throwing out there that, for whatever reason, I have not experienced any of the site weirdness (including the username problem) that seems to be plaguing folks.

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    Maude says:

    @Mark S.:
    Go into Win 8 help. See if you can find out why. If not, Google Win 8 wireless problems. You’ll be able to fix it.
    It is known that wireless can be a pain.
    I bet it’s minor.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @General Stuck:

    A troll ejection button would be nice

    Yes it would, but then you’d be gone.

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    waratah says:

    @BGinCHI: My name and email has been fine until two days ago and I now need to type it in.
    I have been using a bookmark link and chrome.

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    The Other Chuck says:


    My troll filter also works with tampermonkey. I’d really love it if you tried it out with tampermonkey mobile and let me know if it works.

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    Helen Bedd says:

    “hold down the shift key and click the icon that’s a 3/4 circle with an arrow in the 2 o’clock position.”

    or just hit ctrl and r..that reloads the page, too

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Ted & Hellen:
    Projecting again, I see.

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